jANUARY 2019
A Look at the 2019 Legislative Session
Eat. Drink. Be Local.
The Chamber of Medford/Jackson County
101 E. 8th St.  |  Medford, OR 97501
Phone: (541) 779-4847
The pomp and circumstance started off on Monday the 14 with members from both houses being sworn in by the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court Martha Lee Walters. After the swearing in, both the Speaker of the House and the Senate President gave remarks to their individual bodies. Later in the day, Governor Kate Brown was inaugurated to her second and final full term. In her inaugural address to the legislature she called for bold action to “tackle the fiscal challenges and address the challenges of Oregon’s future.” Senate President Peter Courtney urged new and returning legislators to try and “do some good”, while House Speaker Kotek touched on a number of specific issues in her speech to legislators and assembled guests. Of course, as you might expect the speeches were designed to encourage legislators and the citizens of Oregon to raise expectations for Oregon’s future. The Medford Chamber’s Legislative Action Team (LAT) has been meeting to identify priority issues for members of the chamber’s membership. The list is long with much of the list concerns over what the impact to business will be. From a $2 billon tax increase to carbon reduction to issues that impact everyday business decisions like paid family leave, pay equity and predictive scheduling. Many other important issues are being identified and discussed. LAT will agree on a final priority list in February and we will have a definitive list for you in the next issue.
Regardless of the Chamber priority list, the team a JWA Public Affairs will be monitoring all business issues to keep Chamber members informed. Stay tuned to this space for continued coverage of the 2019 Oregon legislative session.
John Watt, JWA Public Affairs, 
President & CEO
The 2019 Oregon Legislature convened on Monday January 14 at the Capitol in Salem. The first week on the session will be for the purposes of organization and training for all legislators. The work of the legislature will start in earnest on Tuesday January 22. Prior to the beginning of the session, pre-session filed bills became public on January 10. Nearly 1,500 bills were introduced. There is a very real possibility there may be more than 3,000 by the time session adjourns in June. While this like an overwhelming number and business owners and Chamber members may find this daunting, they can follow the legislature on their website by going to the Oregon State Legislature.
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